Ownership and Contacts (with built-in “CRM”)
Corporate and mill level information about ownership, locations, and personnel which, together with the other rich data in FisherSolve (production, assets, operations, costs, etc.), powers a truly unique built-in CRM capability.
Highly complete and updated continually as mills open, close, and change hands. Details include ownership, locations, and the kind of at-a-glace summary information needed for a general understanding of companies and their mills.
Personnel directory contains a comprehensive list of the people managing each key function in each mill and headquarters location, detailing their responsibilities and contact information. The FisherSolve Personnel Module is simply the best and most useful listing of paper industry people there is. And, since it’s integrated with FisherSolve‘s rich mill and machine data, your searches find exactly the people you want to contact. Contact information is fully revised annually and throughout the year.
- Comparison analytics creates marketplace context for each company or mill with options for segmentation any way you want to see it.
- News and archived news brings you up to speed on issues and events that impact the company, mill, and machines with search and filter features.
- The built-in “CRM” tool pre-populated with updated client information designed specifically for suppliers to the paper industry.
Paper, Pulp, Furnish and Fiber Production Data
Machine, line, mill, and company production data covers all grades and finished products; furnish and fiber details; speed, width, trim, and asset descriptions.
Fiber Line Production
FisherSolve shows what each virgin and recycled fiber line makes in the “back end” of the mill. We cover every type of pulp made, from kraft to soda, APMP to BCTMP, and OCC to SOP. You can see the mix of wood species and recycled fibers used in each fiber line, expressed in tons and percentages. For analysis purposes, fibers are classified into hierarchies so you can, for example, find lines using hardwood or softwood or using northern, southern, or tropical fibers. Then we show the bleaching status complete with bleach sequence. Where a line makes more than one type of pulp, you’ll see how many days it spends on each, how many tons it makes per day, and how many tons per year, given the number of days it is operated. Now we have “internal pulp” – slurry delivered to the head box.
Paper Machine and Pulp Dryer Production
For each paper machine and pulp dryer, we have even more detailed information. FisherSolve describes products produced in hierarchies to facilitate analysis. At a detailed level, there are over 500 paper and market pulp products to choose from. They roll up into Major Grade (Market Pulp, Newsprint, Packaging, Printing and Writing, Specialties, and Tissue), Grade (35 categories under Major Grade), Finished Products (170 unique products), plus Bleached/Unbleached, Coated/Uncoated, On-/Off-machine coating, and machine pH (acid, alkaline, or neutral). Then we show how many days the machine spends on each product, how many tons of each the machine makes per day, and how many tons per year, given the number of days it is operated.
And, for each Finished Product made on each machine, we show the mix of furnish components, both fiber and ash. You can see how much pulp is made in the mill’s back end, purchased dry from the market, or brought in via slurry pipeline, expressed in tons and percentages.
All production data is tightly linked to all other data in FisherSolve so you ask any type of question imaginable. For example, for any given pulp or paper product, you could find a description of the machines that make it, what its production costs are, what capacity trends there are, how much carbon is emitted to make each ton, how viable each machine is, and much more. The exceptional level of completeness in the FisherSolve database allows for reliable analysis of any question you can pose.Sample Snapshot »
Process Equipment and Control Systems
To understand a mill’s capabilities, you need to know about its assets and their quality. Equipment data is core to FisherSolve. It powers the deep understanding FisherSolve delivers about mill operations, production costs, viability, competitiveness, production alternatives, conversion possibilities, and more.
The FisherSolve Mill Asset Database describes each major piece of operating equipment in every mill across fiber line, pulp washing, bleach plant, power, recovery, recausticizing, stock prep, paper machine, pulp dryer, and finishing stages. You can see details about type, model, builder, year installed, application, dimensions, speed, width and trim, technical age, current supplier, and more.
The complete and consistent detail is unique to FisherSolve because it is derived from primary research conducted by Fisher’s global team of paper professionals whose activities are dedicated exclusively to creating and maintaining FisherSolve‘s quality. The mill asset database is subjected to thousands of validation rules that produce the most reliable information found anywhere.
Process Control Systems
FisherSolve describes the type of control used at each controllable location. There are currently 34,000 controllable locations identified in FisherSolve including, for example, each pulp line, washing line, bleach line, evaporator set, recovery boiler, lime kiln, individual power boiler, stock approach system, paper machine, off-machine coater, winder, supercalender, and other locations throughout each mill. The DCS and QCS controlling each part of every mill are described in terms of their supplier, year, model, and location. As with FisherSolve‘s equipment inventory, process automation data powers an understanding of each mill’s investment in productivity.
FisherSolve draws flow sheets dynamically from FisherSolve’s equipment database. Flow sheets display not only mill assets, but also flows of mass and energy throughout the mill and the yields and efficiencies of mill unit operations.
Manufacturing Costs and Mass Balance
FisherSolve‘s rich asset and raw material database allows us to model every mill, pulp line and machine’s cost-of-production with a fact-driven mass-energy balance engine and deliver results with complete transparency. Unique to FisherSolve is the depth necessary for actionable understanding of manufacturing costs and their impact on a wide range of matters. Using “first principles,” FisherSolve details the costs of each machine making each of its products. Then it rolls cost data up to any level you need to see, for example:
- Line, Mill, Company, Country, Region, Global
- Finished Product, Grade, Major Grade, and Total
- Stage of the manufacturing process
- Type of cost input
Because we have modeled costs with a real-world level of detail, your understanding of mill operations can be much deeper and your conclusions far more insightful and reliable. Highly flexible analytics let you segment the market any way you need and display the data as cost curves, tables, and charts in any currency.
Energy production and consumption – FisherSolve shows not just net energy purchases, but also the energy balance of each mill. You can see, for example, how much energy – power, fuels, and steam – is used by each production line to make each product. You also can see how the mill makes its energy from internal sources like wood waste and black liquor as well as from purchased fuels.
Consumables market analysis – FisherSolve‘s Cost Benchmarking shows much more than production costs. The Cost Component module allows you to analyze the industry’s consumables purchases. For example, you can analyze the market for fibers, pulps, fuels, chemicals, minerals, labor, major materials, overhead costs, and by-products. And you can segment your market analysis any way you want with FisherSolve’s unique roll-up/drill down capability.
Statistical Case Models – A sophisticated understanding of paper industry costs often requires more than just cost-per-ton data. Tissue, for example, is sold to retailers by the case, not by weight. Since different manufacturing technologies can cause big differences in per-case vs per-ton costs, FisherSolve allows you to do your analysis both ways.
Radical transparency – Because FisherSolve models costs with a data-driven process, we can show you how we get to every single number in the system. This means you can trust that the answers you get are consistent and logical. It also means you can analyze the impact of changes to every single factor using “What-If?”
Advanced “What-If?” – “What-If?” is a powerful modeling tool built into FisherSolve for your private use. You can
- Create alternative scenarios. These can represent different strategies you want to test or they can extend your strategy out over several time periods.
- Get full reports on each scenario, for example, comparing it to others, trending them over time, and recasting their cost curves and tabular reports with your new assumptions.
- Test assumptions at any level of detail – from the price an individual mill pays for a specific chemical to global trends in energy prices.
- Connect your strategic planning spreadsheets to FisherSolve so you don’t have to input your assumptions – FisherSolve will pull them directly from your worksheets. Saves time and keeps all your planning documents consistent.
Operations and Mill Configuration
FisherSolve shows how each mill is configured to take wood or recycled fibers and process them into Finished Products. Each fiber line is described separately in terms of its size, age, builder, Technical Age, status, even ownership for those situations where different companies own individual machines within a single mill. Each paper machine is described in terms of its age, builder, Technical Age, status, ownership, speed, width, trim, efficiency, and more. Related flow sheets show how the whole mill is configured.
Related data shows the products each fiber line and paper machine makes, what its production costs are, what capacity trends there are, how much carbon is emitted to make each ton, how viable each is, and much more.
Environmental Flows (Water, Wastewater, Carbon)
Water Supply & Treatment
The Water Module shows water and wastewater flows for each mill with data about volume, source, application, destination, and treatment methods for each site’s incoming water, outgoing wastewater, and sludge. We use it to measure water consumption per ton and compare it to the mill’s water risk.
The Carbon Module shows the carbon output of every pulp line and paper machine for each of the products they produce. Based on uniform international standards, the tool makes FisherSolve uniquely capable of measuring and benchmarking the carbon footprint of all players against their peers.
The tool shows carbon emission of various scopes, all the way from cradle to destination. Emissions from purchased electricity, biomass combustion, fossil fuel combustion, raw materials, and transportation from gate to destination are calculated and can be analyzed in any combination. As with all FisherSolve data modules, drill-down and roll-up capabilities allow for strategic analysis at any level you choose to examine for whatever combination of factors that are important to you.
Asset Quality and Viability Index
To predict the long-term future of pulp lines and paper machines, Fisher created the Viability Module. Its algorithms reflect what owners consider when deciding what to do with their assets. Validated against several years of historical data on closures and survival, the result is not just an ability to evaluate the staying power of a given machine, mill or company, but also a powerful tool for understanding each asset’s strengths and weaknesses.
The tool takes into account cost-of-production, size, technical age, grade risk, position in company fleet, capital required, transportation, and other factors all of which can be considered under various economic scenarios. FisherSolve allows you to segment for any data set so that your Viability Benchmarking analysis reflect the issues particular to your needs.
FisherSolve describes the startups, closures, restarts, and repurposing projects done on every machine. You can analyze these quarterly historic and announced actions for any grade and region segment you wish.
Capacity Trends allows for time-series analysis of FisherSolve‘s rich historic and announced data. Drill down to see how each machine’s products and capacity have evolved over time or roll up the detailed data to draw strategic level conclusions.
Unique to FisherSolve are the replacement costs, also called installed costs, of every major unit operation in every mill in the world. Together with our proprietary measure of assets’ Technical Ages, Installed Costs helps understand the magnitude of investment that would be required to bring each asset up to current standards.
FisherSolve presents the financial statements from all publicly traded paper companies in a single consistent format to enable comparison and analysis. The Financials Module solves the problem of comparing companies with disparate financial reporting methods by reassembling every public paper company’s financial statements using common descriptors. As a result, financial status and records can be compared across companies, regions, and grades in any currency. Commonly-used ratios make analysis easy.
Quarterly statements and annual summaries cover the years 1991 to the present (as available for each company) and include income, balance sheet, cash flow, segments, share data, notes, 20+ key ratios describing each company’s profitability and financial health, indices of the European and North American paper industry’s financial performance, graphs showing each company’s sales and earnings over time plotted against European and North American indices.
News and Projects
FisherSolve provides one of the most extensive paper industry news services and then adds unique advantages that turn news into actionable intelligence. With MarketIntel News, Fisher first collects the news about the pulp and paper industry worldwide. Then, unique to FisherSolve, that news is tagged to each asset, allowing users to read the news, analyze it, research what’s been written in the past, and act on it all in one place, just as you would with any other piece of intelligence in FisherSolve. MarketIntel News subscribers also receive daily industry news delivered to their Inbox.
Industry News covers capital projects, mergers and acquisitions, shutdowns and startups, financial issues, technology, market trends and more. We collect news from sources all around the globe, including our own proprietary sources in each papermaking country. Our paper industry editing team consolidates duplicative and repetitive news items into “Events” so you can read the whole story all at once and go back to it for updates when they occur. We also provide intelligent summaries of events so you can get straight to the important aspects of each story.
Then we associate each news event with the mills, companies, regions, grades, and other subjects in FisherSolve. This means that you can read everything there is to know about a mill with a single click. You can query the news database to find all that’s been written over time about whatever topic you are researching.
Scope Choice (Geographic, Grade and More)
Covering every pulp and paper mill in the world producing 50 TPD or more, Fisher’s highly detailed equipment, production and cost data can be configured to suit your particular business intelligence needs. The scope of your subscription can be customized to include any data combination.
- Geographic Region
- Company Information
- Personnel Contact Information
- Equipment and Asset Data
- Cost Data
- Environmental Data (Carbon and Water)
- Viability Ranking Indicies
- Capacity Trends
- Industry News
Included are all the powerful and flexible FisherSolve query and reporting tools you’ll need to extract meaning and insight from the data. Additionally, because all of the data is integrated with any combination of modules you select, it will perform with accuracy and transparency.